‘Sharing’ Rosh Chodesh with Women of the Wall

Despite the seven hour-time difference, residents of the Ring House “shared” a Rosh Chodesh service with the Women of the Wall this week by praying, blowing the shofar and singing songs. But for the 65 people gathered at the Charles E. Smith Life Community complex in Rockville on Tuesday of last week, the ritual and… Read More

A legal high

The Takoma Wellness Center is open for business, but don’t expect to just drop by and start getting high. On Aug. 1, Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and his wife, Stephanie, opened one of D.C.’s only two medical marijuana dispensaries. A third is expected to open shortly. But due to stringent rules established by the D.C. Department… Read More

Sharing Rosh Chodesh

Despite the seven hour time difference, residents of the Ring House “shared” a Rosh Chodesh service with the Women of the Wall this week by praying, blowing the shofar and singing songs. But for the 65 people gathered at the Charles E. Smith Life Community complex in Rockville Aug. 6, the ritual and discussion were… Read More

Frosh start

Early last week, state Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County) threw his name into the hat of candidates bidding to become Maryland’s attorney general in 2014. And, if elected, Frosh said it’s a position he hopes to remain in for the foreseeable future. “I’m not seeking the office of the attorney general as a springboard for… Read More

HIAS editorial sparks dialogue

The July 25 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” has spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for “an orderly sunset.” And the United… Read More

Busy year for Rabbi Weinblatt

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Congregation B’nai Tzedek’s spiritual leader, sat in his study on a warm early summer day. He had recently completed his duties as chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Rabbinic Cabinet. It is perhaps difficult to understand what and why someone would spend a great deal of time being part of… Read More

A plan to study and serve

Former Silver Spring resident Dov Lipman is actively trying to make his adopted country of nine years a more integrated society where members of the haredi community join together with other Jews and Israeli Arabs for the betterment of society as a whole. The Knesset member exudes confidence that Israel is going to grow stronger… Read More

At 101, kicked out of retirement home

Update, Aug. 2. Bernard Liles died on Aug. 1. Bernard Liles, aged 101 will very likely die this week in bed at Maplewood Park Place, a private, for-profit senior living facility in Bethesda. With little chance for improvement in his condition, his family agreed to take him off life-support systems. Legally, however, he shouldn’t be… Read More